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Leeds host Saints following fantastic Wembley win

| 29.08.2014

Leeds, fresh from their Challenge Cup final win over Castleford Tigers, take on St Helens in a top-of-the-table clash.

The Rhinos, odds-on favourites at 4/7 for victory, have lost their last two Super League fixtures, however these were sandwiched in between two cup ties, with the West Yorkshire club fielding a weakened team. Coach Brian McDermott has named the same squad of players from their victory at Wembley last time out, despite Danny Maguire, who kicked the winning drop goal, picking up a rib injury.

St Helens, who are 11/8 for the victory, currently sit at the helm of Super League, three points clear of Wigan, Warrington, and Huddersfield, who are all tied on 33 points, with the Rhinos just one behind. Winger Ryan Hall, who stole the show in the final, scoring twice, is 6/1 to cross the whitewash first for Leeds, while Saints’ best hope could be Tommy Makinson at 8/1 in the same market.

Elsewhere, Widnes entertain Wigan who are odds-on at 1/7 to keep the heat on rivals St Helens at the top, while their hosts are 9/2 for victory. The Vikings will recall skipper John Clarke for his last home game of the season, while Wigan welcome hooker Michael McIlorum and centre Iain Thornley back from long-term injuries, with forwards Gil Dudson, Tony Clubb and John Bateman back in contention after missing the draw with Hull KR.

Josh Charnley could be the Warriors’ best chance of opening the scoring at 6/1, while Rhys Hanbury is available at 12/1 for Widnes.

Hull FC host fierce rivals Hull KR, with Rovers 11/8 to secure bragging rights over their cross-city adversaries. The home side trail their visitors by three points in the Super League standings, though have only won two out of the last five meetings against Chris Chester’s Robins side.

Elsewhere, Catalans are odds-on at 1/100 to beat London Broncos who are 16/1, having taken two points off Leeds last time out.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.